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balls, routs, and ridottos, I have pursued you like Miss Gran. The place is too public. your shadow; I have besieged your door for a Young Wild. In short, madam, after having glimpse of your exit and entrance, like a distress- gathered as many laurels abroad as would gared creditor, who has no arms against privilege but wish a Gothic cathedral at Christmas, I returned perseverance.
to reap the harvest of the well-fought field. Here Pap. So, now he is in for it; stop him who it was my good fortune to encounter you; then can.
was the victor vanquished; what the enemy could Young Wild. In short, madam, ever since I never accomplish, your eyes in an instant atquitted America, which I take now to be about chieved; prouder to serve here than command in a year, I have as faithfully guarded the live-long chief elsewhere; and more glorious in wearing night your ladyship's portal, as a centinel the your chains, than in triumphing over the vanpowder magazine in a fortified town.
quished world! Pap. Quitted America! well pulled.
· Miss Gran. Í have got here a most heroical Miss Gran. You have served in America, lover: But I see Sir James Elliot coming, and then?
must dismiss him.-Aside. Well, sir, I acYoung Wild. Full four years, madam: and cept the tendre of your passion, and may find a during that whole time, not a single action of time to renew our acquaintance ; at present it conscquence, but I had an opportunity to signa- is necessary we should separate. lize myself; and I think I may, without vanity | Young Wild. Slave to your will, I live but to affirm, I did not miss the occasion. You have obey you.' But may I be indulged with the knowheard of Quebec, I presume?
| ledge of your residence? Pap. What the deuce is he driving at now? Miss Gran. Sir!
Young Wild. The project to surprise that Yonng Wild, Your place of abode. place was thought an happy expedient, and the Miss Gran. Oh, sir, you can't want to be acfirst mounting the breach, a gallant exploit.- quainted with that; you have a whole year stood There, indeed, the whole army did me justice. centinel at my ladyship's portal!
Miss Gran. I have heard the honour of that Young Wild. Madam, 1-1-1conquest attributed to another name.
Miss Gran. Oh, sir, your servant. Ha, ha, ha! Young Wild. The mere taking the town, ma-What, you are caught? ha, ha, ha! Well, he has dam. But that's a trifle: Sieges now-a-days are a most intrepid assurance. Adieu, my Mars.reduced to certainties; it is amazing how mi- | Ha, ha, ha! nutely exact we, who know the business, are at Par. That last was an unlucky question, sir. calculation. For instance now, we will suppose Young Wild. A litile mal-a-propos, I must the commander in chief, addressing bimself to confess. me, was to say, 'Colonel, I want to reduce that Pap. A man should have a good memory who fortress; what will be the expence? Why, deals much in this poetical prose. please your highness, the reduction of that for Young Wild. Poh! I'll soon re-establish my tress will cost you one thousand and two lives, credit. But I must know who this girl is. Hark sixty-nine legs, ditto arms, fuurscore fractures, ye, Papillion, could not you contrive to pump with about twenty dozen of flesh wounds.' out of her footman-I see there he stands—the
Miss Gran. And you should be near the name of his mistress? mark
Pap. I will try.
[Erit. Young Wild. To an odd joint, madam. But, [WILDING retires to the back of the stage. madam, it is not to the French alone that my feats are confined : Cherokees, Catabaws, with all the Awes and Eees of the continent, have felt
Enter Sir James Elliot, and Sercunt. the force of my arms.
Sir James. Music and an entertainment? Pap. This is too much, sir!
Ser. Yes, sir. Young Wild. Hands off!-Nor am I less adroit Sir James. Last night, upon the water? at a treaty, madam, than terrible in battle. To Ser, Upon the water, last night. me we owe the friendship of the Five Nations ; Sir James. Who gave it? and I had the first honour of smoking the pipe Ser, That, sir, I can't say. of peace with the Little Carpenter. Miss Gran. And so young!
To them WILDING. Young Wild. This gentleman, though a Frenchman, and an enemy, I had the fortune to deliver Young Wild. Sir James Elliot, your most defrom the Mobawks, whose prisoner he had been voted.. for nine years. He gives a most entertaining ac- Sir James. Ah, my dear Wilding? you are wel. count of their laws and customs : he shall pre-come to town. sent you with the wampum belt and a scalping 1. Young Wild. You will pardon my impatience; knife. Will you permit him, madam, just to I interrupted you; you seemed upon an intergive you a taste of the military dance, with a esting subject? Short specimen of their war-whoop?
Sir James. Oh, an affair of gallantry, Pap. For Heaven's sake!
Young Wild. Ot' what kind?
Sir James. A young lady regaled last night by gave a pause, and an opportunity for an elegant her lover on the Thames.
dessert in Dresden China, by Robinson. Here Young Wild. As how?
the repast closed with a few favourite airs from Sir James. A band of music in boats.
Eliza, Tenducci, and the Mattei. Young Wild. Were they good performers? Pap. Mercy on us !
Sir James. The best. Theu conducted to Young Wild. Opposite Lambeth, I had preMarblehall, where she found a magnificent col-pared a naval engagement, in which Boscawen's lation.
victory over tbe French was repeated : the action Young Wild. Well ordered?
was conducted by one of the commanders on Sir James. With elegance. After supper a that expedition, aud not a single incident omitball; and, to conclude the night, a firework. ted.
Young Wild. Was the last well designed ? Sir James. Surely you exaggerate a little ! Sir James. Superb.
Pap. Yes, yes, this battle will sink him. Young Wild. And happily executed?
Young Wild. True to the letter, upon my hoSir James. Not a single faux pas.
nour! I shan't trouble you with a repetition of Young Wild. And you don't know who gave our collation, ball, feu d'artifice, with the thouit?
sand little incidental amusements that chance or Sir James. I can't even guess.
design produced: it is enough to know, that all Young Wild. Ha, ha, ha!
that could flatter the senses, fire the imagination, Sir James. Why do you laugh?
or gratify the expectation, was there produced in Young Wild. Ha, ha, ha! It was me.
a lavish abundance. Sir James. You !
Sir James. The sacrifice was, I presume, gratePap. You, sir !
ful to your deity? Young Wild. Moi-me.
Young Wild. Upon that subject you must parPap. So, so, so; he's entored again.
don my silence. Sir James. Why, you are fortunate to find a Pap. Modest creature! mistress in so short a space of time.
Sir Janies. I wish you joy of your success Young Wild. Short! why, man, I have been For the present you will excuse me. in London these six weeks.
Young Wild. Nay, but stay, and hear the conPap. O Lord, O Lord!
clusion, Young Wild. It is true, not caring to encoun- Sir James. For that I shall seize another occater my father, I have rarely ventured out but atsion.
[Erit Sir JAMES. nights.
Pap. Nobly performned, sir? Pap. I can hold no longer! Dear sir
Young Wild. Yes ; I think happily hit off. Young Wild. Peace, puppy!
Pup. May I take the liberty to offer one quesPap. A curb to your poetical vein!
tion. Young Wild. I shall curb your impertinence Young Wild. Freely. -But since the story is got abroad, I will, my Pap. Pray, sir, are you often visited with these dear friend, treat you with all the particulars. waking dreams!
Sir James. I shall bear it with pleasure Young Wild. Dreams! what dust mean by This is a lucky adventure : but he must not know dreams! he is my rival.
[Aside. Pap. Those ornamental reveries, those frolics Young Wild. Why,sir, between six and seven of fancy, which, in the judgment of the vulgar, my goddess embarked at Somerset-stairs, in one would be decined absolute Hains. of the company's barges, gilt and bung with da-| Young Wild. Why, Papillion, you have but a mask, expressly for the occasion.
poor, narrow, circumscribed genius! Pap. Mercy on us!
Pap. I must own, sir, I have not sublinity sufYoung Wild. At the cabin-door she was ac- ficient to relish the full fire of your Pindaric Costed by a beautiful boy, who, in the garb of ruse. a Cupid, paid her some compliments in verse of Young Wild. No; a plebeian soul! But I my own composing. The conceits were pretty; will animate thy clay: mark my example, follow allusions to Venus and the sea—the laily and they steps, and, in time, thou may'st rival thy Thames--Do great matter; but, however, well master. timed, and, what was better, well taken.
Pap. Never, never, sir ; I have not the talents Sir James. Doubtless.
to fight battles without blows, and give feasts Pap. At what a rate he runs!
that don't cost me a farthing-Besides, sir, to Young Wild. As soon as we had gained the what purpose are all these embellishments ? centre of the river, two boats, full of trumpets, Why tell the lady you had been in London a French-horns, and other martial music, struck up year? their sprightly strains from the Surry side, which | Young Wild. The better to plead the length, were echoed by asuitable number of lutes, flutes, and consequently the strength, of my passion, and haut boys, from the opposite shore. In this Pap. But wby, sir, a soldier? state, the oars keeping time, we majestically Young Wild. How little thou knowest of tbe sailed along, till the arches of the New Bridge sex! What, I suppose, thou would'st have me attack them in mood and figure, by a pedantic | don Gazette, than by all the sighing, dying, crying classical quotation, or a pompous parade of jar-crotchets, that the whole race of rhymers have gon from the schools? What, dost think that ever produced. women are to be got like degrees ?
Pap. Very well, sir, this is all very lively; but Pap. Nay, sir
remember the travelling pitcher; if you don't Young Wild. No, no; the scavoir vivre is the one time or other, under favour, lie yourself into science for them ! the man of war is their man: some confounded scrape, I will be content to be they must be taken like towns, by lines of ap- hanged. proach, counterscarus, angles, trenches, coehorns, Young Wild. Do you think so, Papillion? and covert-ways; then enter sword-in-hand, pell And whenever that happens, if I don't lie myself mell! Oh, how they melt at the Gothic names of out of it again, why, then, I will be content to be General Swapinback, Count Rousomousky, crucified. And so, along after the lady-Stops Prince Montecuculli, and Marshal Fustenburg ! short, going out.]-Zounds, here comes my faMen may say what they will of their Ovid, their ther! I must by. Watch him, Papillion, and Petrarch, and their Waller ; but I'll undertake to bring me word to Cardigan. do more business by the single aid of the Lon-1,
SCENE I.-A room in a tavern.
Pap. No injury to ruin her fame!
Young Wild. I will restore it to ber again. Young Wilding and Papillion rising from
Young Wild. Turn tinker, and mend it my. table.
self. Young Wild. Gad, I had like to have run into
Pap. Which way?
Pap. Which w the old gentleman's mouth.
Young Wild. The old way: solder it by marPap. It is pretty near the same thing: for I riage: that, you know, is the modern salve for saw him join Sir James Elliot: so your arrival is every sore. no longer a secret. Young Wild. Why, then, I must lose my plea
Enter Waiter. sure, and you your preferment: I must submit to the dull decency of a sober family, and you to
Wait. An elderly gentleman to enquire for Mr. the customary duties of brushing and powdering.
Wilding. But I was so Áuttered at meeting my father, that. Young Wild. For me! What sort of a being I forgot the fair; pr'ytbee, who is she? Pap. There were too.
Wait. Being, sir ? Young Wild. That I saw.
Young Wild. Ay; how is he dressed ? Pup. From her footman I learnt her name was
Wait. In a tie wig, and snoff-coloured coat. Godfrey,
Pap. Zooks, sir, it is your father! Young Wild. And her fortune?
Young Wild. Show him up. (Erit Waiter. Pap. Immense. .
Pap. And what must I do? Young Wild. single, I hope?
Young Wild. Recover your broken English, Pap. Certainly.
but preserve your rank : I have a reason for it. Young Wild. Then will I have her. Pap. What, whether she will or no?
Enter Old Wilding. Young IVild. Yes.
Old Wild. Your servant, sir : you are welcome Pap. How will you manage that?
to town. Young Wild. By making it impossible for her Young Wild. You have just prevented me, sir: to marry any one else.
I was preparing to pay my duty to you.
Old Wild. If you thought it a duty, you should, that talent you so mightily admire. You will see,
Young Wild. Sir! hy the circulation of a few anecdotes, how soon Old Wild. Was it quite so decent, Jack, to be I will get rid of my rivals.
six weeks in town, and conceal yourself only from Pap. At the expense of the lady's reputation, me? perhaps?
Young Wild. Six weeks! I have scarce been Young Wild. That will be as it happens.
six hours. Pap. And bave you no qualms, sir?"
Old Wild. Come, come; I am better informYoung Wild. Why, where's the injury?
Young Wild. Indeed, sir, you are imposed | stood in his own country, that, at the last Hereupon. This gentleman (whom, first, give me the ford assize, a cause, as clear as the sun, was ableave, to have the honour of introducing to you), / solutely thrown away by his being merely menthis, sir, is the Marquis de Challeau Brilliant, of tioned as a witness. an ancient bouse in Brittany; who, travelling Old Wild. A strange turn! through England, chose to make Oxford for some Young Wild. Unaccountable. But there, I tiine the place of his residence, where I had the think, they went a little tow far; for, if it bail happiness of his acquaintance.
come to an oath, I don't think he would have Old Wild. Does he speak English?
bounced, neither; but, in common occurrences, Young Wild. Not fluently; but understands it there is no repeating after hiin. Indeed, my perfectly.
great reason for dropping him, was, that my cre· Pap. Pray, sir
1 dit began to be a little suspected, too. Old Wild. Any services, sir, that I can render Pap. Poor gentleman ! you bere, you may readily command.
old Wild. Why, I never heard this of him. Pap. Beaucoup d'honneur.
Young Wild. That may be; but can there be Young Wild. This gentleman, I say, sir, whose a stronger proof of bis practice, than the flam he qualily and country are sufficient securities for has been telling you of fire-works, and the Lord bis veracity, will assure you, that yesterday we know's-what! And, I dare swear, sir, he was very left Oxford together.
fluent and florid in bis description. Old Wild. Indeed!
Old Wild. Extremely. Pap. C'est vrai. .
Young Wild. Yes, that is just his way; and Old Wild. This is amazing! I was at the same not a syllable of truth from the beginning to the time informed of another circumstance, too, ending, marquis ! that, I confess, made me a little uneasy, as it Pap. Oh, dat is all a fiction, upon mine hose interfered with a favourite scheme of my own. nour.
Young Wild. What could that be, pray, sir? Young Wild. You see, sirOld Wild. That you had conceived a violent Old Wild. Clearly. I really can't help-pityaffection for a a fair lady.
| ing the poor man. I have heard of people, who, Young Wild. Sir!
by long habit, become a kind of constitutional Old Wild, And had given her very gallaot and | liars. very expensive proofs of your passion.
Young Wild. Your observation is just; that is Young Wihu. Me, sir!
exactly his case. Old Wild. Particularly last night; music, col- Pap. I'm sure it's yours.
[Aside. lations, balls, and fire-works.
Old Wild. Well, sir, I suppose we shall see Young Wild. Monsieur le Marquis ! and pray, 1 you this evening? sir, who could tell you all this?
Young Wild. The Marquis has an appointOld Wild. An old friend of yours.
ment with some of his countrymen, which I have Young Wild. His name, if you please? promised to attend : besides, sir, as he is an Old. Wild. Sir James Elliot.
entire stranger in town, he may want my little Young Wild. Yes; I thought he was the man. services. Old Wild. Your reason?
Old Wild. Where can I see you in about an Young Wild. Why, sir, though Sir James El-hour? I have a short visit to make, in which you liot has a great many good qualities, and is, upon are deeply concerned. the whole, a valuable man, yet he has one fault Young Wild. I shall attend your coinmands; which has long determined me to drop bis ac- but where? quaintance.
Old Wild, Why, here. Marquis, I am your Old Wild. What may that be?"
obedient servant. Young Wild. Why, you can't, sir, be a stran- Pap. Votre serviteur tres humble. ger to his prodigious skill in the traveller's ta
Erit OLD WILD. lent?
Young Wild. So, Papillion, that difficulty is Old Wild. How?
dispatched. I think I am even with Sir James Young Wild, Oh, notorious to a proverb! His for his tattling. friends, who are tender of his famne, gloss over Pap. Most ingeniously managed ! but are not his foible, by calling him an agreeable novelist; you afraid of the consequence ? and so be is with a vengeance. Why, he will Young Wild. I don't comprehend you. tell ve more lies in an hour, than all the circu- Pup. A future explanation between the parlating librarics, put together, will publish in a ties. year..
Young Wild. That may embarrass : but the Old Wild. Indeed !
day is distant. I warrant I will bring myself Young Wild. Oh, he is the modern Mandeville at Oxford: he was always distinguished by the Pap. It is in vain for me to advise. facetions appellation of the Bouncer.
Young Wild. Why, lo say truth, I do begin to Old Wild. Amazing!
find my system attended with danger. Give me Young Wild. Lord, sir, he is so well under- your hand, Papillion-I will reform.
Pap. Ali, sir !
in the bank, some on this loan, some on the Young Wild. I positively will. Why, this other! so that if one fund fails, I have a sure practice may, in time, destroy my credit. resource in the rest.
Pap. That is pretty well done already. [Aside.] Miss God. Very true. Ay, think of that, sir.
| Miss Gran. Well, my dear, just so I manage Young Wild. Well, if I don't torn out the my love-affairs: If I should not like this manmerest dall matter-of-fact fellow- But, Papil- if he shoold not like me if we should quarrel lion, I must scribble à billet to my new flaine. I -if, if-orin short, if any of the ifs should hap think her name is
pen; which you know break engagements every Pap. Godfrey; her father, an India governor, day, why, by this means I shall he never at á shat up in the strony room at Calcutta, left her loss. all his wealth : she lives near Miss Grantham, by Miss God. Quite provident! Well, and pray Grosvenor-square.
on how many different securities have you at Young Wild. A governor! O ho! Bushels of l present placed out your love? rupees, and pecks of pagodas, I reckon. Well, I Miss Gran. Three: The sober Sir James Éllong to te rummaging. But the old gentleman liot; the new America-man; and this morning I will soon return: I will hasten to finish my letter. expect a fortnal proposal from an old friend of But, Papillion, what could my father mean by a my father. visit, in which I am deeply concerned.
Miss God. Mr. Wilding? Pap. I can't guess.
I Miss Gran. Yes; but I don't reckon much Young Wild. I shall know presently. To Miss upon him : for you know, my dear, what can I Godfrey, formerly of Calcutta, now residing in do with an aukward, raw, college cub! Though, Grosvenor-square. Papillion, I won't tell her alapon second thoughts, that mayn't be too bad word of a lie.
neither; for as I must have the fashioning Pap. You won't, sir.
of him, he may be easily moulded to ope's Young Wild. No; it would be ungenerous to mind. deceive a lady. No; I will be open, candid, and sincere.
Enter a Servant. Pup. And if you are, it will be the first time.
Ser. Mr. Wilding, madam. (Ercunt.
Miss Gran. Show him in. [Erit Servant.You need not go, my dear: we have no particu
lar business. SCENE II.-An Apartment in Miss GRANT
Miss God. I wonder, now, what she calls parHAN's House.
ticular business. Enter Miss Grantham and Miss GODFREY.
Enter Old Wilding. Miss God. And you really like this gallant Old Wild. Ladies, your servant. I wait upon
you, madam, with a request from my son, that Miss Gran. Prodigiously! Oh, I am quite in he may be permitted the honour of kissing your love with his assurance ! I wonder who he'is : | hand." he can't have been long in town: a young fellow Miss Gran. Your 'son is in town, then? of his easy impudence must have soon made his Old Wild. He càmé låst night, madam; and way into the best of company.
though but just from the university. I think I Miss God. By way of amusement, he may inay venture to affirm with as little the air of a prove no disagreeable acquaintance; but you pedant as can't, surely, have any serious designs upon Miss Gran. I don't, Mr. Wilding, question the him?
accomplishments of your son ; and shall own too, Miss Gran. Indeed, but I have.
chat his being descended from the old friend Miss God. And poor Sir Jaines Elliot is to be of my father is to ma
of my father is to me the strongest recommendadiscarded at once?"
tion, Miss Gran. Oh, no!
Old Wild. You honour me, madam. Miss God. What is your intention in regard to Miss Gran. But, sir, I have something to him?
say Miss Gran. Hey? I can't tell you. Perhaps, Old Wild. Pray, madam, speak out; it is imif I don't like this new man better, I may marry | possible to be too explicit on these important
occasions. Miss God. Thou art a strange, giddy girl. I Miss Gran. Why then, sir, to a man of your
Miss Gran. Quite the reverse ; a perfect pat-wisdom and experience, I need not observe, that tero of prudence; why, would you have me less the loss of a parent to counsel and direct at this careful of my person, than my purse?
solemn crisis, has made a greater degree of perMiss God. My dear?
sonal prudence necessary in me. Miss Gran. Why, I say, child, my fortune be- Old Wild. Perfectly right, madam! ing ir. money, I have some in India-bonds, some Miss Gran. We live, sir, in a very censorious